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The island where France's colonial legacy lives on
WASHINGTON, US, 21 April 2018 (The Atlantic) - Long before it became the first slavery memorial in the French West Indies, the Darboussier Sugar Factory in Guadeloupe powered France’s Caribbean empire.



Tiny islands make for big tensions between Greece and Turkey
KASTELLORIZO, Greece, 21 April 2018 (NYT) - In the narrow Mediterranean strait between the easternmost islands of Greece and the shoreline of western Turkey, Kostas Raftis steered his fishing dinghy along the invisible maritime border dividing the two countries.



Castro's people: A photographic road trip through Cuba
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2018 (BBC) - A new president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, has been sworn in, and a new generation has taken political power. Alexandre Meneghini - a Brazilian photographer based in Havana - has been on a road trip to capture images of how the Cuban people live now.



Abandoned 'Battleship Island' is crumbling. Can it be saved?
WASHINGTON, US, 20 April 2018 (NatGeog) - When humans left, nature prevailed. On Hashima Island, a 16-acre patch of land off the southern coast of Japan, grass and vines and flowers flourish as concrete and steel wither.



Leaders applaud Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean action
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2018 (CS) - Commonwealth leaders today agreed on a bold, co-ordinated push to protect the ocean from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing.



Climate change may scuttle Caribbean plans for renewable energy
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 20 April 2018 (The Conversation) - Puerto Rico lost electricity again on April 18, seven months after Hurricane Maria first knocked out the island’s power grid. For people in some remote rural areas, the blackout was more of the same. Their power had yet to be restored.



Genetic adaptations to diving discovered in humans for the first time
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2018 (SPX) - Evidence from a new study suggests that the Bajau, a people group indigenous to parts of Indonesia, have genetically enlarged spleens which enable them to free dive to depths of up to 70m.



T-ant-T: meet the exploding ants of Borneo
LONDON, UK, 20 April 2018 (Guardian) - Scientists exploring the Borneo jungle have just discovered the Colobopsis explodens ant, which dwells in the trees, and they were most intrigued by the ant’s unique ability – to explode and shower toxic yellow goo on to its enemies.